Ephesians 6:12 – Because we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the authorities, against the ruler of this world, the darkness of this age, against the spiritual iniquity in the heavens.
Part 2 ~ Wrestling Against the Origins of Evil
We are engaged in a very real battle with angelic principalities. The Greek word ‘arche’ is translated principalities, but is usually translated ‘origin’ or ‘beginnings’. This word is the very first noun found in the Bible, “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1). However, it may be used to refer to principalities and rulers for which the proper Greek word is ‘archon’ an unrelated word to ‘arche’. In effect ‘arche’ should be translated ‘the origin’ in context to the origins of evil.
These evil powers find their origin in Satan and those mighty angels he was able to deceive and lead in opposition against God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:4-9). Their deceit and rage against God is no less now than when they began. Their chief aim is to lead all men in rebellion against God, or to at least prevent men from knowing God. Although their judgment is fixed, being finalized at the Cross, they would execute their power to control as much of mankind as they are allowed to. Each individual person determines if they are going to live for God or be controlled and manipulated by these angels of darkness.
Those who have been redeemed have been translated out of the realm of darkness and into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 5:8). We have been given all authority in Jesus over every power of the satanic to tread down and destroy their works (Ephesians 6:10; Luke 10:19; Matthew 28:18; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15; Acts 26:18). We are seated with Christ in a Heavenly dominion over all the powers of darkness, and gifted with a Heavenly ability and every spiritual blessing to overcome and destroy the works of this fallen host (Ephesians 1:3, 19; 2:6; 1 John 3:8; John 14:12).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen